Bank of America Grants $15,000 to JFS

Posted on December 07, 2016

Last year, the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry distributed food more than 2,500 times to individuals and families in Atlantic County. To help support the JFS pantry and hunger relief, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to the agency, which will support this and other critical needs in the community. This funding will help the agency to provide individuals, children and families access to essential multi-layered hunger relief services such as food, nutrition education, information about buying, storing and making healthy food on a budget and wellness self-management tools.

Bank of America began their relationship with JFS in 2013 and has contributed more than $50,000 to the agency.

“It is critical to provide hunger relief services and nutritional education in our local communities so that all families and individuals are provided with the opportunity to have a healthy and safe environment,” said Robert Doherty, New Jersey President, Bank of America. “Non-profit partners like JFS are vital to the well-being and future of our local communities, we’re proud to be one of their partners.”

The Food Pantry, a vital component of JFS, not only serves more than 200 families per month, including adults with disabilities, low income families, homeless or near-homeless individuals, and others facing temporary crises. The pantry is open five days a week and will provide food to any Atlantic County resident with proper identification. The agency hosts many food drives throughout the year to help supplement pantry resources. However, with needs constantly increasing, receiving additional funding, like that from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, is vital to the success and sustainability of the Food Pantry.

JFS encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. The agency serves more than 8,500 individuals and families per year. Responding to the needs of the community, the agency offers a variety of services including counseling, case management, family and children’s programs, older adult assistance, Kosher Meals-on-Wheels, and diabetes advocacy.